Kisumu All Starlets had their 6-match winning streak checked by Oserian Ladies in the Kenya Women’s Premier League over the weekend and even though admitting that they played a tough team, Starlets skipper Winnie Okello was pained more by the condition of their matchday venue.
A match of two contrasting halves pertaining to the weather condition, Okello says the dust in the first half and the rain in the second are two things responsible for some of her teammates falling sick in the week after.
”We knew we were playing a very good side but we wanted a win. The form was there and touch too, but they gave a good account of themselves and we took a draw,” she tells Soka, hinting that they struggled to adjust in Oserian.
”It was too dusty in the first half, sometimes you couldn’t even see the ball. In the second half came the rains and that is why some of my teammates are sick at the moment.”
The Kisumu National Polytechnic alumnus, however, feels that they are ready for their next two matches, two home ties against Spedag and Kayole Starlet spread across Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th.
”We play Spedag on Saturday and hopefully Kayole on Sunday. We need to get back to winning ways and those are matches we will handle with caution,” she says.
All Starlets’ only loss in the season came on matchday one when Trans Nzoia Falcons whipped them 3-1 in Kisumu. From then on, Coach Juma Saidi’s charges have recorded wins only- amounting to 6, that was before their trip to Naivasha for the Oserian match.
Ahead of the Spedag match, they lie 4th on the 16-team log, with 19 points from 8 matches. Spedag are bottom of the division while Kayole occupy second from bottom.